Review of Glastonbury by Jim Channing on July 18th, 2007
I had been a regular visitor to Glastonbury for around 37 years, and now live in Street. That's about a mile and a half from Glastonbury. Glastonbury is a tremendous place to visit, but should NOT be taken too seriously! My views are not popular. Glastonbury without a doubt attracts many seriously disturbed and injured people. From a reliable source ie social workers etc, I have been told that when inmates of mental care units are due to be 'released' and allowed back onto the streets, they are often advised to relocate into Glastonbury.....as there, they will 'fit in' better, and will be more accepted than most other places. So, in other words, we have many 'odd' people walikg about, on the dole etc, and generally acting in often pretty odd ways. I do not just mean the large amount of tramps, travellers, drunks etc. The real problem with this lovely 'acceptance' thing, is that many so called 'normal' people begin to get so used to a significant percentage of seriously mentally damaged / disturbed people as OK.....When, they are not OK, and even show signs of acting similarly to them! Then of course, we have the countless clairvoyants, healers etc. Do I believe in clairvoyance, healers etc.....Absolutely I do.....but NOT particularly in Glastonbury. If you wish to put my views to the test, go on then, but you'd better get ready to waste some serious money! The Glastonbury clairvoyants are virtually never right about anything...ever, however, they may succeed in making you feel that they were right. The healers virtually never cure anybody of anything of anything ever, however, they may succeed in making you feel that the 'cure' will work later. The 'aura' photography is simly a colorful, expensive meaningless waste of time. Also, Glastonbury has a massive feminist side to it. If you're not a lesbian, you should be. Don't believe me ? Go there and find out for yourself then. Confident men there are not popular, or sometimes even safe! there's a very real anti male contingent there. About a year ago, I cautiously picked up a young male hitch hiker on his way out of Glastonbury. I said, "I'm going to Street, any good", "yes, anywhere thanks". We drove off in silence. He looks a bit Glastonburied, I thought. "You OK", I cheerfully asked. "NO", he replied. "No ?, Why, what's up", I said...Long pause, "Why would those women want to hurt a young man like me", he said. My first thought was, oh no, not another nutter please! So, cautiously, I said, "what do you mean?", then it clicked...."Do you mean the Goddess lot", I said. "Yes", he replied. "Oh God , I thought, here we go. So, I said, "look, they can't actually hurt you or curse you or anything like that, they can only frighten you". "OH THEY CAN", he replied firmly. And so on and so on. These view of mine are nothing much, I'm not a revengful or spiteful Christian or Catholic or something, not a competing mystic.....nothing, just a bloke that sees this place for what it is..... It's a good enough and fun visit, but be careful, it's not what it seems !